Property Team

It has been an exciting 18 months for the Property Team as it is continues to transform providing more and more parish support with Church projects, lettings, purchases, sales and maintenance. The People & Places bid has enabled the Property Team to recruit two Parish Building Surveyors in 2019 to compliment the existing team which includes, the Property Director, Care of Churches Officer, Historic Places of Worship Support Officer and Residential Property Officer.

The current team can provide the following support:

Daniel Mayes

Director of Property

Email:  [email protected]

0121 426 0408 / 07973 315 684

  • Advice on clergy houses and residential property

  • Assistance and support on the development of construction-related projects for church buildings

  • Guidance on commercial property and land development


Ben Smith

Care of Churches Officer

Email:  [email protected]

07741 146 105

  • Guidance and support on the management, maintenance and development of all church buildings, churchyards and faculty permissions 

  • Advice to PCCs on prepurchasing, selling or leasing property and formal pastoral reorganisation


Ian Simpson

Places of Worship Officer

Email:  [email protected]

07916 435 395

  • Support PCCs in maintenance and sustainabitity of listed church building

  • Advice on management and development projects

  • Support for grant applications

  • This role is part funded 50% by Historic England with a focus on specific listed buildings, however Ian is happy to share his in depth knowledge with other listed and non-listed buildings within the diocese.


Richard Hall

Clergy Housing Surveyor

[email protected]


  • Carry out property inspections and oversee the management of Quinquennial Inspection functions including: the identification of building defects and recommended remedial solutions;
  • Oversee the management of vacant properties, ensuring that clergy houses are let to maximise income during an interregnum and that the annual budget is delivered;
  • Oversee ingoing and outgoing meetings with clergy and Archdeacons. Lead and manage clergy housing improvement projects as required;
  • Assist with implementing various programmes of planned, cyclical and legislative maintenance for clergy housing based upon the five-yearly inspection quinquennial inspection reports.


Jan Bakewell

Parish Building Surveyor (Birmingham Archdeaconry)

[email protected]


  • Organise Church property reactive repairs and maintenance on behalf of PCCs, which will involve managing a wide range of suppliers and building contractors.

  • Assist with implementing various programmes of planned, cyclical and legislative maintenance for churches based upon their five-yearly inspection report.

  • Assist condition surveys of ancillary building and relevant statutory compliance responsibilities for all operational buildings.